Household Edition of Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter XLIV), page 345. [Convinced that the Anglo-Bengalee is a money-making proposition, Pecksniff over dinner with Montague and Jonas at the Blue Dragon agrees to invest substantially.] 9.3 x 13.7 cm. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL.](1872). Forty-ninth illustration by Fred Barnard for the
"No, no" said that gentleman, clapping his son-in-law playfully upon the shoulder. "You must not believe all that my young relative says, Mr. Montague. You may believe him in official business, and trust him in official business, but you must not attach importance to his flights of fancy."
"Upon my life, Mr. Pecksniff," cried Montague, "I attach the greatest importance to that last observation of his. I trust and hope it's true. Money cannot be turned and turned again quickly enough in the ordinary course, Mr. Pecksniff. There is nothing like building our fortune on the weaknesses of mankind."
"Oh fie! oh fie, for shame!" cried Mr. Pecksniff. But they all laughed again — especially Mr. Pecksniff.
"I give you my honour that we do it," said Montague.
"Oh fie, fie!" cried Mr. Pecksniff. "You are very pleasant. That I am sure you don't! That I am sure you don't! How can you, you know?"
Again they all laughed in concert; and again Mr. Pecksniff laughed especially. — Chapter 44, "Further continuation of the enterprise of Mr. Jonas and his friend," page 345.
Relevant Illustrations, 1843-1924
Left: Hablot Knight Browne's realisation of Pecksniff's posing before Old Martin in Chapter 43 as the old man's protector against the blandishments of young Martin, Mr. Pecksniff Announces Himself as the Shield of Virtue (April 1844). Centre: Harold Copping's 1924 colour lithograph of Pecksniff's glancing heavenward in a false show of piety for Old Martin in Mr. Pecksniff and Old Martin Chuzzlewit(Chapter 10, April 1843). Right: Harry Furniss's characterisation of Pecksniff as completely satisfied that he has got the better bargain in investing in the Anglo-Bengalee, as he leaves the inn after dinner: Pecksniff (1910). [Click on these images to enlarge them.]
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